If you have never been traveling alone, you may believe that it is boring. Not at all. Here are some of my tips and experiences for traveling alone, though I want to consider why someone would be traveling single. The benefits of traveling alone I have traveled worldwide from a couple of days to months in a row. I have traveled with others, and I have been traveling single. I love both and don’t mind having a travel companion at all. It’s fun. However, there are several benefits of traveling single:
When you are traveling alone, you don’t depend on someone else’s availability. If you go on a vacation for a week, you will probably find one of your friends willing to join and be able to take off. But what if you want to trek through Asia or South America for three months, or even a year. How many people do you know that have the money and the time to do that? I don’t, and since I don’t want to depend on that, I’m traveling single. If friends want to join for part of the trip, they are more than welcome, of course, Sci Burg.
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Traveling single is the ultimate self-indulgent. You can go wherever you want and decide on your own whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it without bothering about someone else. Sounds selfish? It is, but so be it. You meet more people when you are traveling alone. How is that? Well, it’s easy and very comfortable to just stick to your friend and hang out with them. There is no real need to meet other people since you already have your buddy. When you are traveling single, you better start talking to other people, though. Also, other traveling single people are less likely to walk up to pair or groups since they are more closed-off. Don’t believe me? Try it in your local bar. Isn’t traveling alone boring? Traveling alone doesn’t mean that you are alone.
Read the third benefit above again: You meet more people when you are traveling single. As a matter of fact, in all those years that I have been traveling single, I had a travel companion almost all the time. How did that work? Simple: Take my trip from Western Europe to India overland. I started traveling alone, but in Russia, I traveled for a week with some Russian people I met, then in Siberia and Mongolia, I traveled for a month with some Swedish guys I had met on the train. I traveled with a Canadian girl and a Dutch guy; in Nepal, I traveled with an American girl for two weeks and ran into some people I met in Tibet again.
Is traveling alone boring? Not at all! And the good thing is, even though those people became my friends, I didn’t have to travel with them anymore if I didn’t want to. When they turned right, I could just go left: benefit number 2: traveling single is the ultimate self-indulgent. Tips for traveling alone: Stay in hostels Try Couchsurfing Go out to bars/clubs Get off the beaten path to meet locals Most important: be open-minded. This applies to traveling single as well as with others. Of course, A Bone is a Professional Dreamer, Lifestyle Designer, Author, and Troublemaker: He started traveling around the world 5 years ago. Now he can’t stop... He has written numerous articles about his travel adventures, traveling single, etc. Follow him at. “Some people live in a dream world; others face reality.”